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[MAY 8, 2004]  MIDDLETOWN -- What a thrill to learn that your ancestor served at Concord, Mass., in 1775, the beginning of the American Revolution -- "the shot heard round the world" -- or that your fiery French ancestor went AWOL from U.S. forces in the War of 1812 to visit his wife.

Here is a real opportunity to learn how to trace your family tree -- how to begin the search or how to continue more easily and successfully.

On Saturday, May 15, at 9:30 a.m. at the Knapp Library in Middletown, two genealogical experts are scheduled to help one and all. There is no fee for the session.

Eddie Dirks of Athens, a Menard County historian, and Bill Detmers of Normal, president of the Logan County Genealogical and Historical Society, are especially qualified to help would-be detectives discover and document their family histories.

All are invited to enjoy the session and should telephone in advance to Winnie Golden at (217) 445-2708 or (217) 445-2050.

The Knapp Library, 101 S. Clinton in Middletown, is handicapped accessible.

Needed: tutors and students.

Good Samaritans are needed as teachers who would like to help someone learn to read. Also needed are students who would like to learn to read.

In cooperation with Heartland Community College's Project Read, the Knapp Library is offering opportunities for folks to learn to read. There is no fee.


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Val Conrady, Project Read coordinator, has approved John Cooper of Middletown as a tutor, and he will be conducting sessions at the Knapp Library in Middletown. For some two years, John has been doing such volunteer work at Heartland College in Lincoln.

Anyone, youth of adult, interested in either teaching or learning to read should contact the volunteer staff at the library at (217) 445-2050 on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

Reading notes

Available for browsing and reading in the Reference Room at the Knapp Library are recent gifts: Reader's Digest, Williamsburg, Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines.

Many cookbooks are housed in the Reference Room. Among them is the "Family Traditions" cookbook, published by the Knapp-Chesnut-Becker Historical Society in 1998. One of our members from Iowa wrote that she spent the evening reading it when it first arrived.

Precious books concerning Easter are "The First Easter," containing the story of Peter Marshall, beloved chaplain of the U.S. Senate, and "The Passion of the Christ," containing photos and text from the recent film by Mel Gibson.

A "miracle-maker" has provided us with a TV to better serve you.

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